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Travel to West Coast alters Redskins' routine this week

Travel to West Coast alters Redskins' routine this week

The Redskins regret many plays that were and weren’t made against the Eagles but Wednesday is the day when teams put the previous game behind them and start preparations for the next opponent. Here are some things they will be working on this week.

—After the game on Sunday, Josh Norman said, “We’ve got a short week so we have to prepare, prepare fast.” The Redskins don’t lose anything in terms of actual practice time by playing on the West Coast. They will have normal practices today, Thursday, and Friday, although the start times for Thursday (2 p.m. instead of 1) and Friday (11:35 instead of 12:05) have been altered slightly. But they will leave after Friday’s practice instead of after their Saturday walkthrough. That Saturday session will be done somewhere in Los Angeles, possibly in a ballroom at the hotel. They have the same number of days to prepare but the long flight and the change in routine make it seem shorter to the players. But they had better get used to it; they have to travel to the West Coast two more times this season.

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—Kirk Cousins speaks to the media today and his performance against the Eagles will be under some scrutiny. But spinning it forward, the question will be how quickly he can get on track. He had clunkers in his first two openers since he was named the starter. In each case, he bounced back with a better performance in Week 2, although his game last year against the Cowboys was marred by a late red zone interception that cost the Redskins a chance to win the game. So, while we should expect him to be better against the Rams, will he be as good as he needs to be for the Redskins to win?

—The injury report should be short. Both after the game and during his Monday news conference Jay Gruden said that there were no injuries to speak of. Anticipate Morgan Moses being limited in practice; he seemed to be hampered by an ankle injury during the game. There also are usually some surprise additions due to issues that pop up when the players report after being off on Monday. But the team remains largely healthy.

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—Aaron Donald isn’t just one of the very best defensive linemen in the league, he’s one of the premier defensive players at any position. When you’re playing the Rams, you must game plan around his presence. Unless, of course, he doesn’t play or if he only is in for a dozen snaps or fewer. Donald just reported to the Rams last Saturday but Sean McVay is saying that he might play. They have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to take him off the exempt list and put him on the 53-man roster if they want to play him. That will leave Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan wondering if they need to spend very much time worrying about Donald or if he will be a non-factor in the game.

—Another question mark in the game plan is Rams second-year quarterback Jared Goff. He had what was by far the best statistical game of his short career against the Colts in Week 1. Now, the Colts aren’t expected to be a power team this year by any stretch. But last year Goff put up some stinker performances against bad teams, like his Week 16 game against the 49ers when he completed 45 percent of his passes and posted a 35.1 passer rating. If McVay has been able to create a “new” Goff, the Redskins know very little about that QB beyond the video from the Colts game. Greg Manusky and company will spend plenty of time trying to break down what he did right and figure out how to stop it.

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Sunday was the Redskins' best defensive performance since 1991

Sunday was the Redskins' best defensive performance since 1991

The Redskins were dominant defensively on Sunday night during their 27-10 beatdown of the Oakland Raiders. Historically dominant.

The Raiders gained just 128 yards in four quarters of football. That didn’t set a team record or anything but it was the most dominant the Redskins have been against a quality team in at least the last 57 years.

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Since the 1970 merger, the Redskins have held their opponent to fewer than 130 yards in a game five times. Here is a quick look at the other four teams:

1972 Eagles (120 yards)—They finished 2-11-1 and averaged 10.4 points per game, dead last among the 26 teams in the league.

1974 Bears (126 yards)—Under Abe Gibron the bears were 4-10 and had an average of 10.9 points per game, 25th of 26 NFL teams.

1991 Eagles (89 yards)—Thanks to a dominant defense this team finished 10-6. Rich Kotite’s boys were OK offensively (18th of 28 in scoring) but not on the day they played at RFK Stadium.

1991 Broncos (128 yards)—Dan Reeves’ team finished 8-8 on the year but they ranked 22nd of 28 teams in scoring.

Of course, we don’t yet know how the Raiders will finish the season in terms of scoring but it’s likely that they will finish in the top half of the NFL in scoring, perhaps even in the top 10. None of those teams had a quintet on offense the equal to Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, and Jared Cook. This was as dominant a performance against a quality offense as the Redskins have had in at least 50 years.

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3:00

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 28
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 34

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Redskins vs. Raiders by the numbers

—The Redskins outgained the Raiders 472 yards to 128. The 344-yard differential was the largest for the Redskins since they had a 385-yard advantage over Bears in 1974.

—The Raiders were 0-11 on third down. It was the first time the Redskins allowed no third-down conversions since a game against Dallas in 2007.

—The Raiders’ 128 yards were the fewest the Redskins have allowed in a game since they also allowed 128 to the Broncos in 1992. This marked the fifth time since the merger that the Redskins have held an opponent to 128 yards or fewer.

—Chris Thompson had 150 yards receiving. That shattered his former personal best of 57 yards in a game. Going back to at least 1960, no Redskins running back has gained more receiving yards in a game.

—Thompson added 31 yards rushing. His 181 yards of offense easily beat the Raiders’ total offense of 128 by itself.

—Josh Doctson's first catch of the season was good for 52 yards and a touchdown. 

—The Redskins now have at least one sack in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFC and the second-longest in the NFL (Bengals, 32).

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